The kitchen is home to all food preparation, cooking, and storage, so it needs to be durable, beautiful, and economical. Oftentimes when homeowners are facing a kitchen remodel, countertops tend to be the first consideration. With so many options out there on the market, it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for, but don’t let that discourage you from getting started! Instead, start by asking yourself some crucial questions about your priorities before deciding on any countertop material. It’s important to get an idea of what you’re working with in your existing space first before going onto the next step of envisioning how everything can be improved by your general contractor. Here are a few questions to get the brainstorming session started.
How Many People Will You Be Cooking For?
When entertaining or cooking for a large group, you will want to choose a more durable countertop option like quartz or Corian. The sink should be located close enough to your preparation space so food prep can happen right by it. Granite is especially popular for its beauty and structural durability but tends to be on the pricey side. When cooking for one or two people instead of a big family, marble may be a better option due to its affordability and elegance.
What Kitchen Design Style Are You Going For?
The look of the countertop should match the style of the kitchen and your own personal tastes. Kitchen countertops that are made from natural materials such as stone or wood tend to bring a warm, rustic feel into a space, while more modern materials like glass or metal give off an industrial vibe. Be sure to consider any appliances you plan on incorporating into your countertops too. All of the elements of your kitchen tie themselves together, so it’s important to carry the theme of the room within the individual kitchen elements.
How Hard Is Your Water?
Water varies according to location, and so do the minerals and chemicals in each water supply. If you have well water or live in an area where the pipes are constantly exposed to low mineral content, you can save money by going with a natural stone for your countertops. However, if your home is on city water and has a high mineral content, man-made materials such as Corian may serve you better when it comes to cleaning up any spillage.
Are You Willing to Scrub Kitchen Countertops Constantly?
Natural stones like marble or quartz benefit from regular care. Keeping them looking their best requires a little more elbow grease than others. Man-made substances like Silestone generally only need a wipe down with a damp cloth now and then. Be sure to choose the material that works best for you and your family! Using a more durable stone material with children and pets can prove to last much longer than another man-made option may provide. Doing your research on what works best for your lifestyle needs pays off in the long run!
What Kitchen Countertop Long-Term Maintenance Is Right for You?
Kitchen countertops made from natural stones like granite and marble are less likely to stain. Kitchen countertops made from man-made substances like Corian may be easier to maintain but can also get scratched, scuffed, or chipped more easily. It all depends on how realistic it is for you to maintain your countertops.
We Can Help
Are you considering a kitchen remodel or counter install? We here at Gordon Reese Design Build specialize in kitchen remodels, as well as bathrooms and whole house remodeling. We can answer your questions and help you get started with your next project! Call us at (925) 885-3770 to get started on your dream space today!